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Aus v Ind, 4th Test, D5: as it happened

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Jan 27, 2012 at 01:18pm IST

India Second Innings

12:40 p.m. End of day's play. India 166 for 6. Fair to say India have prolonged the inevitable that now should happen with an Australian victory on day five. Wriddhiman Saha (0) and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma (2) are at the crease.

12:36 p.m. Run out! Silly cricket by Virat Kohli! The inexperience showed as he tried to steal the strike from a nightwatchman. Direct hit from Hilfenhaus. India 166 for 6.

Aus vs Ind, 4th Test, Day 5: As it happened

After setting India a target of 500, Australia reduced the visitors to 166 for 6 on day four.

Virat Kohli run out 22 (62)

12:25 p.m. Laxman out! Reflex catch by Marsh at short-midwicket as Laxman tried to whip a shortish delivery from Lyon. India 162 for 5 as Ishant Sharma walks in as the nightwatchman.

VVS Laxman c Marsh b Lyon 35 (88)

12:10 p.m. India cross 150! It's 153 for 4.

11:55 a.m. Lyon is bowling in pretty good areas here. Even Kohli - most fluent of the Indian batsmen in this series - is finding it tough against his off-spin.

11:40 a.m. Laxman is having a real tough time out there as India limp to 123 for 4.

11:25 a.m. Kohli is getting a fair bit out there from the Aussies. The chuckles of the close-in fielders can be heard through the stump microphone. This should be interesting. India 121 for 4.

11:13 a.m. In-form Kohli has joined woefully out-of-form VVS Laxman, who is definitely playing his last innings in Australia and in all likelihood the last of his career as well.

10:59 a.m. Sachin walks back, probably for the last time in a Test in Australia. The wait for the illustrious ton continues as Lyon gets the prize scalp with a bat-pad catch. India's chances of saving this match get grimmer at 110 for 4.

Sachin Tendulkar c Cowan b Lyon 13 (34)

10:46 a.m. Dravid falls! The hole in the 'The Wall' gets wider as Dravid slices a wide Harris delivery straight to Hussey at gully. India 100 for 3.

Rahul Dravid c Hussey b Harris 25 (71)

10:40 a.m. Tendulkar, Dravid resume battle after tea as India go past the 100-run mark.

10:10 a.m. Tea! India 92 for 2. Tendulkar (7) and Dravid (19) at the crease. Target 500.

9:54 a.m. Out! Soft dismissal! Sehwag top-edges a Lyon full-toss for a simple catch to Ponting. India 81 for 2.

Virender Sehwag c Ponting b Lyon 62 (53)

9:45 a.m. Sehwag's strike rate is 116 right now as India reach 75 for 1 in 17 overs. Sehwag is at 58.

9:30 a.m. Fifty for Sehwag! Just 36 balls. He is taking Nathan Lyon on, for that matter every Australian bowler.

9:22 a.m. Drinks! 49 for 1 in 12 overs.

9:15 a.m. Sehwag is making sure the Indian flame doesn't douse without a flicker. India 44 for 1 in 10 overs and Sehwag has scored 36 of those in 26 balls.

9:05 a.m. Sehwag is testing his luck. Almost all of his boundaries so far have been either streaky or tantalisingly close to being caught, barring the last one against Siddle that was a peach through the covers. India 36 for 1.

8:50 a.m. Harris strikes! Gambhir caught behind! Another nervous poke by an Indian batsman finds the edge, safely pouched by Haddin. India 14 for 1. Another false start!

Gautam Gambhir c Haddin b Harris 3 (18)

8:35 a.m. India's first target: see the new ball off! Will they succeed?

Australia Second Innings

8:23 a.m. Australia declare at 167 for 5, after playing just 3 overs after lunch. India need 500 to win. Ponting remained not out at 60.

8:05 a.m. News coming in is that Australia haven't declared! Probably the hosts don't want to give India a rest of 45 minutes in the lunch break before they start the battle to save this match.

7:30 a.m. Lunch! Australia 154 for 5, lead by 486. A total of 104 runs came in 29 overs bowled on the fourth morning. Ponting unbeaten at 57.

7:12 a.m. Hussey falls! Finally a wicket for Ishant, who catches Hussey in front. Umpire Dharmasena takes a long hard look before raising the finger. Australia 147 for 5, lead by 479.

Michael Hussey lbw b Sharma 15 (40)

7:05 a.m. Fifty for Ponting! Punter's dream comeback to form continues!

6:55 a.m. Rahul Dravid puts Ponting down! Very difficult though. Punter got into an awkward position and completely mis-hit a pull over the mid wicket. Dravid running backwards got a hand to it but it was not enough.

6:45 a.m. Ponting and Mike Hussey are now going for it. Hosts are striking boundaries at regular interval. The lead is past the 450 mark now, thanks to a couple of lovely boundaries, one to both Ponting and Hussey. It's a matter of time before Australia goes all guns blazing.

6.35 a.m. Finally India get a breakthrough. Umesh Yadav picks up dangerous looking Clarke. Australian skipper scored 37 from just 43 balls. Good length at a good pace around off, Clarke slashed at it from the crease and missed. There was a sound as the ball went past but no clear deviation. Clarke doesn't looked pleased with decision. Nelson strikes Australia, 111/4.

Michael Clarke c Saha b Yadav 37 (71)

6.20 a.m. Ponting and Clarke bring up the fifty-run stand between them once again. The duo has been in sublime form and have started in a positive mood today. They are happy to pick up the singles and there are plenty of options with the field out and at the same time they are finding the gaps for the odd boundary.

6:10 a.m. Here comes the first change in the bowling. Sehwag gives the ball to R Ashwin, who by far has been India's best bowler in this match. With two scalps already to his name, India will be hoping that he breaks this dangerous looking stand between Ponting and Clarke.

6 a.m. Ricky Ponting with two consecutive boundaries off Ishant Sharma has brought up 500 runs for the series at an average of more than 100. Australia are 74 for the loss of three wickets. Indian bowlers are really struggling and are unable to test the star duo.

5:50 a.m. Clarke and Ponting have started rotating strike with regularity. Ishant has still not got his line and length right, and the Australian duo is having no problem in playing their shots on a track that is still good for batting.

5:40 a.m. Australian batsmen Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke have started proceeding watchfully and look in no rush to go on an all out attack early in the day. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma have opened the bowling for India.

5 a.m. It's the penultimate day of India's first leg of this Australian tour, i.e., the Test series. And as has been the norm throughout this four-Test series, India - trailing by 382 - have their backs to the walls.

Ricky Ponting (1) and Michael Clarke (9) will resume Australia's second innings after they decided not to enforce the follow-on on day three, having bowled India out for 272 after Virat Kohli scored India's first century of the series.

Though Ashwin struck vital blows to reduce the hosts to 50 for 3, Australia are still comfortably placed having secured a first innings lead of 332 runs.

Day 3 Round-up

Virat Kohli (116) and Peter Siddle were (5 for 49) were the star performers of day three but an abject surrender by the other Indian batsmen saw their first innings folding up for 272.

Clarke did not enforce the follow-on and decided to bat on in an attempt to close all doors of comeback for India.

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